Wimbush, Mark Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, Narragansett, Rhode Island.
Cox, Charles S. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, La Jolla, California.
Clarke, Allan J. Department of Oceanography, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.
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- Surface waves
- Wind waves
- Linear theory
- Stokes drift
- Shoaling and breaking
- Wave measurement
- At the surface
- Below the surface
- Above the surface
- Sea state
- In-between state
- Breaking waves
- Capillary waves
- Internal waves
- Long-period waves
- Rossby waves
- Topographic Rossby waves
- Coastal Kelvin waves
- Equatorial Kelvin waves
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
Propagating oscillations in the ocean that carry energy and momentum from one region to another. Most ocean waves (Fig. 1) are caused directly or indirectly by wind blowing across the sea surface. Many waves can propagate through the ocean thousands of miles from where they are generated.
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